Junk in the Trunk is big business for local mompreneurs

Junk in the Trunk, Lindsey Holt, Coley Arnold, Arizona, vintage market
Lindsey Holt (left) and Coley Arnold have turned their love of vintage into a career they love.

Lindsey Holt and Coley Arnold are sitting in a modern concrete-and-glass office space near Scottsdale Airport, eating salads on vintage chairs pulled up to a cool handmade wooden dining table. They’ve just returned from a week in San Diego, where they annexed and hosted their popular Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market one weekend (they’ll return to San Diego June 15-16, 2017).

These women — who met at a church group for newly marrieds and bonded over their love of vintage — had a crazy idea in 2011 to host a one-day vintage sale at a friend’s barn in Scottsdale. Holt was making barnwood signs, Coley was refinishing furniture, and they wanted to shop vintage, too, preferring handmade and one-of-a-kind to mass-produced. They invited a couple dozen vendors they’d met on Craigslist and Etsy, and the turnout was so great (more than 600) they had to look for a bigger venue.

Fast forward five years to their modern office and twice-yearly Junk in the Trunk mega events at the giant WestWorld of Scottsdale. Holt, 33, of Scottsdale, and Arnold, 32, of Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood, draw more than 25,000 shoppers during a three-day weekend, complete with live music, food trucks and festive atmosphere. About 200 teenage helpers from local Young Life chapters put shoppers’ finds in a holding area and host a drive-through pick-up service. The market boasts 200 vendors — most are small family businesses — from several states.

To say Junk in the Trunk impacted their lives is an understatement. The women each juggle three young kids with what’s become a full-time job for both. Holt’s husband, Kevin, left an accounting and financial planning job to be their business manager, and their 7-year-old son, Gavin, can’t wait to start a business of his own. These women have plenty more ideas on the horizon.

“We love it, so it doesn’t feel like a job most of the time,” Arnold says.

IF YOU GO: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18. 5-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8 each day Saturday-Sunday; $20-$25 early 8 a.m. entry Saturday (includes shopping bag and Saturday-Sunday admission); $50-$65 Friday (includes a drink, canvas bag, “Vote for Junk” hat and all-weekend entry). $5 parking. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.

7 more vintage markets this fall in metro Phoenix

Old Brick House Vintage Market
Sept. 8-10; Oct. 13-15; Nov. 10-12
202 W. Main St., Mesa.

Sweet Salvage
Sept. 15-18; Oct. 20-23; Nov. 17-20
4648 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix

Front Porch Pickins
Sept. 23-24 at Tucson Convention Center
Nov. 4-5 at University of Phoenix Stadium

Thieves Market
Oct. 1 and Nov. 5
Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe

Vintage and Vino
Oct. 14-15
20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek

The Big Heap
Nov. 18-20
3841 N. School House Road, Cave Creek

Phoenix Flea
Nov. 26
Heritage Square, Phoenix